Sarah Fielke’s new book, Quilting from Little Things, helps you learn new techniques with a doll or mini-size quilt. Sarah then shows you how to make a larger version of the quilt once you are comfortable with the techniques. Sarah writes, “This enables you to take a small bite out of a new sewing technique instead of having to start a large quilt every time. I used that idea by expanding on the mini and taking the little block into something larger.” It’s been said by folks on the blog tour that this is the best book they bought this year! If you admire Sarah’s beautiful style and her well-loved Material Obsession books (Material Obsession: Modern Quilts with Traditional Roots and Material Obsession 2: More Modern Quilts with Traditional Roots), you’re going to love Sarah’s new Quilting from Little Things!

There are ten quilt pairs in the book so you can make small and large quilt versions, all while learning traditional quilting techniques like creating wedges and flying geese blocks.

Hanging Lanterns Queen-sized Quilt from the book, demonstrating wedges.

Sarah also shows you how to experiment with less conventional methods like deconstructed piecing, and she teaches you her unique needle-turn appliqué and hand-quilting techniques.

Geese Around the World Crib-size Quilt from the book.

Sarah made this quilt using the Geese Around the World doll quilt design from the book, though she used the blocks in a different way to create a crib-size quilt. This pattern is available to all Sew,Mama,Sew! readers! You need the templates from either Quilting from Little Things or Issue No. 52 of Australian Quilters Companion magazine, and then you can email Sarah for the rest of the pattern if you would like to make your own crib-size Geese Around the World quilt ( The pattern is a great way to learn more about foundation piecing.

Whirligig Throw Quilt from the book, from the Appliqué Bias Stems chapter.

You can hear what Sarah has to say about the new book in her interview with Pat Sloan on American Patchwork & Quilting Radio. We’re at the end of Sarah’s blog tour so you’ll want to check back at other stops for interviews plus some great examples of quilts made from patterns in the book:

11/28 ~ Fat Quarterly and Amy Ellis
11/29 ~ Thomas Knauer
11/30 ~ Camp Follower Bags and Ryan Walsh
12/1 ~ The Happy Zombie and Moda Lissa
12/2 ~ Mrs. Schmenkman Quilts and True Up
12/3 ~ Pink Chalk Fabrics and Pam Kitty Morning
12/4 ~ Sew,Mama,Sew! and Pat Sloan